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We have picked up a new family car yesterday ... a bit big but comfy. Feels good though. A much better image of the truck way at the bottom ... have a lot of fresh info if anyone is looking for F-150. 2016 Ford F-150 LARIAT Silver/Camel SuperCrew, 5-1/2' Box, 145" Wheelbase 3.5L V6 EcoBoost® Engine, Horsepower 365, Torque 420 6-Speed Automatic Electronic Transmission w/Tow/Haul Mode 3.55 Electronic Locking Axle LT275/65R18C All-Terrain Tires on 18" Wheels FX4 Off-Road Package Max Trailer Tow Package Factory Spray-in Bedliner 7000 lbs GVWR Package 11500 lbs Max Conventional Towing 16900 lbs GCWR
There are probably several members who already know this but for those who might not, I want to share some knowledge I just obtained last week. I bought a 2013 F-150 EcoBoost to tow my 246. It has been a complete pleasure and is meeting all of my expectations. One of the features I absolutely required was the integral trailer brake controller (TBC) option. I went through all of the information in the owner's manual, used the built-in "Truck Apps" and vehicle setup screens on my truck and got everything all set up for my Chap + Tennessee Trailer 5800 series trailer, and set off on my first 700 mile round towing trip. What is not noted in the owner's manual and I did not find anywhere online (or at least it was not obvious in some of the forums I looked at) is that the TBC is completely useless on trailers equipped with hydraulic surge brakes, which most boats in the 26 foot and smaller range almost all seem to have. I don't know about larger boats because my state limits towing to 8' beam by law but those of us with larger bowriders and cuddies with 8'6 beams are also permitted to tow. My TBC did not give me any indication about this -- it just recognized the trailer was connected (actually, that the trailer wiring harness was connected), showed me feedback on the braking "Gain" screen, etc. Regardless of what the system was telling me, the only braking I was getting was from the normal surge brakes on the trailer. Don't get me wrong, the performance of those brakes actually was quite good; I just had a false sense of security that I was actually getting any kind of cooperative effects between my truck brakes and my trailer brakes. In order for trailers equipped with hydraulic surge brakes to function with a TBC, you must install an "electric-over-hydraulic" actuator that takes the electric signal from the TBC and controls the hydraulics in the trailer braking system. Most people I have talked to say this can be done as a DIY project, but I contacted the trailer manufacturer and determined that for me it would be best for me to get it to them (only about 2 hrs away) or a recommended shop in my area to do the work. I prefer the mfr to do it as a mod so they are still on the hook for the performance of their product. If done as a DIY, the E-over-H actuator can be gotten for a few hundred deer online - ranges seem to be from 500 to 700 not including tax or S&H. Hope this helps somebody like me who did not realize this minor detail....